Making Q Tip Snowflakes is a 5 minute or less, simple Christmas ornament craft idea for kids of all ages. These DIY snowflake ornaments use just 3 craft supplies: Q Tips, glue and string. Kids can easily make these delightful homemade snowflakes to hang on the Christmas tree or anywhere you want falling snow! This Q Tip snowflake craft works well at home or in the classroom.

Q Tip Snowflakes - three shown made into cute Christmas ornaments for a tree
This 5 minute craft is easy & fun!

Q Tip Snowflake Ornament Craft

Let’s make Q-Tip Snowflakes!  These homemade snowflake ornaments are easy, fun.  Q Tip Snowflakes don’t have to hang on your holiday tree.  They look lovely hung from a classroom ceiling or in your home window.

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This is a great snowflake craft to make with kids on snowy afternoons while sipping hot cocoa. Kids will get a kick out of making ornaments with something normally found in the bathroom medicine cabinet! We use cotton swabs every day, yet it had never occurred to me how cute they would be bunched together and glued. Genius Q Tip craft idea!

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Snowflake Q-Tip Ornament supplies needed - string and q tips
You only need cotton swabs & string!

Supplies Needed for Snowflake Ornament Craft

Directions to Make Snowflakes out of Q Tips

Step 1

After gathering supplies, invite kids to build their snowflakes.

Snowflakes have 6 sides, but of course kids could add more if they desire to do so.  That is why we used just 3 cotton swabs to make our Q Tip Snowflakes…but you could try more.

How to make cotton swab snowflakes step 2 - cross two q tips over each other
Start with crossing just two cotton swabs over each other…

Step 2

The first step is to grab two cotton swabs and cross them over each other to start the snowflake shape.

make a q tip snowflake step 3 - add the third cotton swab which finishes the snowflake shape
Add the last cotton swab and magically a snowflake appears!

Step 3

Next, add the third cotton swab crossing over the other two and you have a snowflake shape.

Step 4

Secure the Q Tips in place with glue dots or hot glue. It’s difficult to make this ornament using wet glue, so I recommend using hot glue or adhesive Glue Dots.

make a q tip snowflake step 3 - add the string to hang
Add string for hanging & we are done!

Step 5

Finally, add string to allow your cotton swab snowflake to hang easily.

Snowflake Q-Tip Ornament finished - two completed projects shown with red/white striped hanging string
In less than 5 minutes, you are hanging them on the tree!

How We Used these Cute Q Tip Snowflake Ornaments

If you are making a homemade ornament and wanting to hang these snowflakes from your Christmas tree, add a loop of string at the end of one of the cotton swab ends.  We used a loop of red and white striped butcher’s twine. If you want to hang them from the ceiling or in a window, use string or fishing line attached directly to the end of a cotton swab. These ornaments look very beautiful hanging in clusters from the Christmas tree. From a distance, you can’t even tell they are made from Q-Tips! Hang and enjoy!

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Our Experience With These Snowflake Crafts

We love snow, but thanks to living in a sub-tropical climate we often don’t see it. And paper snowflakes are fun to make and great fine motor skills, and we’ve made craft stick snowflakes. We have even used pipe cleaners! But I wanted some easy snowflake crafts that were great for my older kids and younger kids and I thought these fun snowflake crafts were perfect.

It was a fun way to make Christmas ornaments and snowflake art at the same time. They may be simple, but they’re still pretty snowflakes. And they’re easy snowflakes so my younger kids with little hands could still take part in this cute snowflake craft. They were even able to give some of these lovely snowflakes to their friends and grandparents too. This is my favorite snowflake craft because it could also be made in the classroom, even a preschool classroom, by all age groups.

What I Would Try Different When It Comes To This Simple Snowflake Craft?

I really do love it as is. It’s classic, it’s a simple snowflake, but I can’t help but think we can spruce up this winter decoration. I also just had the though this could be used as weather crafts for young kids. But back to my first idea… we could dip the q-tips in a thin layer of glue and roll them in glitter. There are so many different ways to make this snowflake craft your own. But I think I would use:

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Q Tip Snowflakes

Q Tip Snowflake tutorial from Kids Activities Blog

This simple craft makes the cutest snowflakes out of a household item...Q Tips! You can make the snowflakes and hang them at home or in classroom. We will show you how to make them an easy homemade snowflake ornament for your tree.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • Q-tips
  • Hot glue or glue dots
  • String


  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Grab 3 Q Tips.
  3. Arrange them in a snowflake pattern.
  4. Use glue/glue dots to secure.
  5. Add string to hang or create holiday ornament.


Our suggestion is to use 3 Q Tips for each snowflake, but as we all know each snowflake is unique and try different numbers to make your snowflake.

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How did your Q Tip Snowflakes turn out?

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